The term “animals” covers a lot of territory . . . especially when you consider the vastness of the Canyon. It includes more than just the mammals! Here is a bulleted list of the different types of “animals” that I’m likely to encounter.
- Amphibians (9 species)
- Birds (593 species)
- Crustaceans (33 species)
- Fish (17 species)
- Insects, Spiders, Centipedes, Millipedes (a bunch of species)
- Mammals (34 species)
- Mollusks (11 aquatic and 26 terrestrial species)
- Reptiles (47 species)
Did you know . . . no one has ever found a fossilized reptile skeleton or even an entire reptile bone within the Grand Canyon. Fossil footprints were left by more than 20 species of reptiles and amphibians, but no complete teeth or bones!